50 Idioms with Their Meanings in English

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50 Idioms with Their Meanings in English! An idiom is a phrase that has a meaning which is not the same as the meaning of each individual word in it. For example, if you say someone “is pulling your leg,” they are not actually grabbing hold of your limb and tugging on it. Instead, they are tricking you or joking with you. Many idioms are based on everyday activities like cooking or building. Here are some examples of common English idioms and their meanings:

50 Idioms with Their Meanings in English

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Idioms

Meanings

1 A blessing in disguise Something good that initially seemed bad
2 Add insult to injury To make a bad situation worse
3 Barking up the wrong tree Looking in the wrong place for something or someone
4 Beat around the bush To avoid speaking directly about something
5 Bite off more than you can chew To try to do more than you can handle
6 Blow off steam To release anger or frustration by doing something harmless
7 Break a leg Good luck (usually said to performers before they go on stage)
8 Cut corners To do something in a less than perfect way in order to save time or money
9 Don’t count your chickens before they hatch Don’t make plans based on something that might not happen
10 Easy does it Be careful and take your time (usually said to someone who is doing something dangerous or difficult)
11 From the horse’s mouth Directly from the person who knows, or directly from the source
12 Get cold feet To suddenly feel too scared or nervous to do something
13 Get the ball rolling To start something
14 Give 110% To give as much effort as possible
15 Go on a wild goose chase To waste time looking for something that does not exist
16 Hit the nail on the head To do or say something exactly right
17 Hold your horses To wait or to stop talking or moving
18 I’m all ears I am ready to listen
19 In a pickle In a difficult situation
20 In over your head To be in a situation that is too difficult for you
21 It takes two to tango A situation requires both people to be involved
22 Kill two birds with one stone To accomplish two things with one action
23 Let the cat out of the bag To accidentally reveal a secret
24 Let the cat out of the bag To accidentally reveal a secret
25 Make a mountain out of a molehill To make a big deal out of something that is not important
26 Miss the boat To fail to take an opportunity when it is presented
27 Once in a blue moon Something that happens very rarely
28 Pull someone’s leg To joke with someone
29 Rain on someone’s parade To spoil someone’s plans or fun
30 Read between the lines To interpret the hidden meaning of something
31 Reap what you sow You will get back from a situation what you put into it
32 Rub someone the wrong way To annoy or bother someone
33 See eye to eye To agree with someone
34 Shoot the breeze To chat or talk about nothing important
35 Slow and steady wins the race It is better to make consistent progress than to start off fast and then slow down
36 SOS A call for help
37 Stick to your guns To stand up for what you believe in, even when others are against you
38 Take it with a grain of salt To not believe something 100%, or to not take something too seriously
39 That’ll be the day! I will never believe that! (said in response to something that is very unlikely to happen)
40 The apple of my eye Someone or something that you love very much and are very proud of
41 The best of both worlds To have the advantages of two different things
42 The proof is in the pudding You cannot judge something until you see it in action or until it is finished
43 There’s more than one way to skin a cat There is more than one way to do something
44 Throw in the towel To give up or quit
45 Under the weather Not feeling well
46 Wait for the other shoe to drop To wait for something bad to happen, even though you do not know when it will happen
47 Wear your heart on your sleeve To show your emotions openly
48 Wet behind the ears To be inexperienced
49 When pigs fly Something that will never happen
50 Wishy-washy Someone who cannot make up their mind, or who changes their mind all the time

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